Honorary Research Associate Professor

Contact Details:
Email: w.johnston@uq.edu.au

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney, 1958
Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland, 1961
Master of Arts in History, University of Queensland, 1965
Award by Duke University, North Carolina, USA, of the James B Duke Commonwealth Fellowship, 1965
Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, 1969

Research Interests:
Most recent interest: Environmental History.
Main interests include: Australian History: Queensland History, Local History, History of Museums.
Past interests include: British History, European History, History of Africa, History of the South Pacific.
Current Research Projects:
Presently engaged on a biography of Romeo Watkins Lahey, member of prominent timber-milling family, Lahey Brothers, at Canungra and elsewhere, and a leading figure in the establishment of the National Parks Association of Queensland.
Please see the following link for a comprehensive list of Associate Professor Johnston's publications.
  • I was largely responsible for the very successful supervision of the Ph.D. gained by Roisin Goss at the end of 2010;
  • I am still sharing two supervisions.

  • For the past two years I have been appointed as an honorary research curator in the Queensland Memory (formerly John Oxley Library) section of the State Library of Queensland.
  • I am working on a project for the Library, concerning Oscar Fristrom and his Aboriginal paintings 1885-1916. The products from this work will be: a booklet/catalogue and exhibition in the State Library next year; an article to be printed in the Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland this year; public lectures and presentations, such as to the Redcliffe Historical and Art societies in May this year.
Community Outreach:
  • In 2009 and 2010 I was on the committee for the Museum of Brisbane (Brisbane City Council) to make the Helen Taylor Award for community history;
  • In 2010 I was nominated as Patron of the Professional Historians Association of Queensland;
  • In 2011 I was awarded the John Oxley Award by the State Library of Queensland 'in recognition of your long standing and continuing support of the study and documentation of Queensland history'.
Other Activities and Service:

  • Supervision of PhD History Students for School of HPRC, UQ.
  • Patron, Professional Historians Association (Queensland) Inc.
  • Member, Friends of Fryer Library, The University of Queensland.

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